Funding support for the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre in the Blue Mountains

Thursday, 07 May 2020

The Morrison Government is providing an immediate funding injection to the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre in the Blue Mountains to support locals in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.

As part of the part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, the Centre will receive more than $39,000 in additional funding assistance for 2019-20 and 2020-21

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government understands this was a trying time for relief providers facing rapidly increasing demand while dealing with challenges in maintaining the workforce and distribution lines needed to operate.

“This funding injection will enable the Centre to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Minister Ruston said.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, praised the work of the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre.

“For Morna and her team, I know that the last few months of drought, bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic have been very difficult,” Senator Payne said.

“And yet every single day from 8 AM, the Centre is sending out emergency supplies and rolling out their vital social support programs across the Blue Mountains and beyond. It’s vital work, and I am very pleased to have been able to deliver this funding.

 

“There are numerous other social services organisations across the Blue Mountains, and I will continue to work with them on their needs.”

Morna Colbran, General Manager of the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre, said the Centre doors had remained open throughout the pandemic to help assist people through their unique ‘Support with Dignity’ program.

“I am very grateful for the extra funding which will not only support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but will also be used to support those who were affected by the bushfires,” Ms Colbran said.

“Our experience in disaster recovery acknowledges that a range of assistance measures are required to support people affected by bushfires.”

As a Commonwealth funded-provider, The Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre, will be working with other local organisations to ensure people can access services quickly.

“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers in their area to ensure that those who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,” Senator Payne said.

Contact details for funded providers can be found on the Department of Social Services’ directory at https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/

Funding for the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre is in addition to the more than half a million dollars the electorate of Macquarie will receive in response to coronavirus as funding support is extended across the Sydney - Outer West and Blue Mountains and Sydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury regions to Commonwealth-funded charities and community organisations.

 

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